David Jason questions Only Fools and Horses remake

Only Fools and HorsesDavid Jason has questioned the proposed American remake of his BBC One sitcom Only Fools and Horses.

It was revealed over the weekend that writers Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley were developing the remake for ABC. There have been other remakes of Only Fools and Horses, in Europe, but it will be the first time it has been remade for American audiences. Actor David Jason, who played Del Boy in the BBC comedy, has doubts whether the series can be successfully remade for America.

“They can do brilliant comedy but I don’t see that they can bring off Fools and Horses.  I don’t see that it will travel across the pond…..It might work but you’ve got to change it so much that, in the change, in order to Americanise it, do you lose the whole concept of the piece?….The language will have to change so much and there will be so many parts of the storyline you have to change.” David Jason speaking to BBC News.

Only Fools and Horses ran for seven seasons on BBC One between 1981 and 1991 and returned for a series of Christmas Specials there after up until 2003. At the height of its popularity audiences of up to 25 million viewers were tuning in. The series, which was created by the late John Sullivan, spawned spin-off The Green Green Grass which ran between 2005 and 2009 and starred John Challis and Sue Holderness. It also, between 2010 and 2011, spawned the prequel Rock and Chips.